Elemental Architecture

Elemental Architecture

New York, NY


West Village Artists' Loft

This 1,300 sf loft interior is designed for an artist couple in their mid-seventies. The duplex loft consisted of an original designed by Richard Meier from the 1960s, along with interim modifications in order to suit the resident’s artistic needs. These modifications, along with the original 1960’s Meier layout, remain alongside the industrial building’s original 1900’s plasterwork and views.

Our design sought to celebrate the character of the original building, be respectful of Meier’s earlier design, and modernize the loft to suit both artists’ needs, tastes, and ‘empty-nest lives.

The duplex is entered from the lower level which contains the couple’s bedroom & bathroom and one artist drawing. The lower level is appointed with an extensive collection of early-American folk art. Ascending the Meier-inserted stairs brings one to the loft’s main floor containing the other studios – both digital and drawing – living/dining room, powder room, and kitchen. The primary design gesture was to establish the main axial view south from the building’s interior courtyard, northward towards the city view including the Hudson River and the new Whitney Museum. As a counterpoint to the lower level, the upper level is appointed with predominantly white furnishings and a collection of Aboriginal Australian artifacts and alongside other modern artwork.

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Status: Built
Location: New York, NY, US
Firm Role: Architect